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Prentice slams teaching task force, promises to repair rift with teachers, union

In ATA, Current Events on June 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

EDMONTON – In a bare-knuckled speech Thursday, Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jim Prentice said the school shortage in Alberta is “nearing crisis proportions” and pledged to build up to 50 more over five years — in addition to the existing promise to build 50 schools and modernize 70 more.

Prentice slams teaching task force, promises to repair rift with teachers, union.


Edmonton public school board approves record $1-billion budget

In Current Events, EPSB on June 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

EDMONTON – Edmonton Public School trustees voted Tuesday to approve a $1-billion budget for the 2014-15 school year. It’s the biggest budget in the school district’s history. Here are some of the highlights, by the numbers:

$1 billion: the total amount Edmonton Public Schools will spend to keep its 202 public schools running

Edmonton public school board approves record $1-billion budget.

End the Era of the C.E.O. College President – NYTimes.com

In Commentary, Current Events on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

When a colleague posted the job ad for the president of the University of Alberta, I joked that we could split the job four ways and she’d still triple her salary. So we applied – with over 50 other academics – in groups of four.We wanted to highlight the gap between the rhetoric of austerity at universities such as the University of Alberta, and the increasing costs of university administrations across North America.

via End the Era of the C.E.O. College President – NYTimes.com.

Opinion: Who would Jesus discriminate against?

In Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Current Events on June 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

This opinion piece provides a very interesting personal take on what it was and is like to live and work from a dissenting position in a religious institution. While the specific problem in this case relates to the religious mission of the Trinity Western University (BC, Canada), the questions it raises around academic freedom and social justice in the academy are very real in all institutions of higher education, as the recent hubbub at the University of Saskatchewan and a variety of US institutions attests.

Have a read of Who would Jesus discriminate against? and let me know your thoughts.

Residential school abuse-claim documents should be destroyed, adjudicator argues

In Residential Schools on June 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

EDMONTON – Evidence given by residential school abuse survivors in closed-door hearings should never see the light of day, the lawyer in charge of abuse settlement process says.

Dan Shapiro, chief adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process, says Canada will be courting a potential “privacy disaster” if it doesn’t destroy the 800,000 audio recordings, transcripts and other documents associated with 38,000 claims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and other heinous acts.

Read the full article here: Residential school abuse-claim documents should be destroyed, adjudicator argues.


Reclaiming the civic university | Academic Matters

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2014 at 6:14 am

The Turning Spiral

Since the 1950s, universities have also been seen as places of research that can contribute in the long run to society, especially to our economy, culture, public policy, and health. Over the past 15 or so years, support for university research has expanded enormously just as the system was expanding at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Federal research funding grew fourfold; provincial funding tripled.It is hard to imagine how we might give universities a higher priority and standing. Their central place in a knowledge-based society is acknowledged and secure.Are our universities today civic universities? Certainly a civic university must be publicly supported, and our universities have received major increases in public support.But many people would answer that they are not. There is concern, tending toward deep disquiet, and some would argue a crisis. Our universities and the way we think about them have been changing.Universities are thought of more and…

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Girls, School Dress-Codes and Slut-Shaming

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2014 at 7:35 am

Another good one from Laura. Having attended the Pride Parade in Edmonton yesterday, I’m thinking about parallels between one loud and proud movement and another. I think the success of pride movements speaks for itself, although one ought not to be so excessively smug as to assume that regressive counter-movements are impossible in both cases, and that some less happy medium might not yet come into being. Progress is often an obscuring force — it has the power to fool us into believing that it’s opposite is impossible, and, especially, to hide from view the progression of other forms of oppression more enduring and more difficult to tackle.

If you can work what I’m only hinting at, the veil of social progress hasn’t yet covered your eyes. Food for thought.

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